GQ named Colin Kaepernick its Initial “Man of the Year” of 2017 on Monday. He is featured on the December issue&rsquo.
Kaepernick started making headlines last year when he knelt throughout the national anthem in a soccer game to protest police brutality against people of colour. By kneeling, he sparked a nationwide dialog about systemic oppression which has been reignited when President Donald Trump turned the spotlight of this debate on himself.
Kaepernick has since been brewed from football, and the NFL is still feeling rippling effects of those protests.
In the GQ cover story, the former San Francisco 49ers participant was compared to other athletes, like Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson, whose activism paralleled their sports careers.
Among them were movie manager Ava Duvernay, rapper J. Cole, Women’s March organizers Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, and actor and activist Harry Belafonte.
“I constantly tell Colin: ‘You’re an American hero. A single day, people will realize that the sacrifices that you made for so many more, & rdquo, although you may not feel like a hero now.
Kaepernick said in a tweet Monday that he’s “honored” from the recognition.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2017
While GQ’s choice didn’t go uncriticized by people who disagree with his protests, many Twitter users commended Kaepernick and honored his admiration in the magazine.
As a proud army veteran, I couldn’t agree more with @GQMagazine in honoring Colin Kaepernick as “Citizen of the Year”.
I see him as a brave voice, somebody who stands up no matter the opposition, for Constitutional values. But to me, is true patriotism.
— Charles Clymér🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) November 13, 2017
Nobody is more deserving of Citizen of the Year than Colin Kaepernick, a real American hero who sacrificed his career. https://t.co/iRIbhlAaaz
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) November 13, 2017
Pleased to see that new GQ cover of @Kaepernick7 💯🔥 congrats king. Love to see media promoting somebody doing the ideal thing.
— Young Gunner (@machinegunkelly) November 13, 2017
Gal Gadot, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Colbert will also be named “taxpayers of this entire year” in the issue.
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